We are nuts about our Yonanas machine.
Right before Mother's Day we were all at Costco, prowling for samples,.. ugh, shopping for groceries. We talked our mom into letting us buy that for her for Mother's Day. As soon as we got home, we immediately put it together and rummaged through all the fruit in the house. It came with a recipe book, that we have used since ten, but that first day, we experimented. We use it so much, we leave it out on the counter.
When we first bought it, we got a CASE of bananas from our local Bountiful Baskets. We stayed up LATE peeling bananas, chopping apples, and peeling oranges. We put all of the fruit in individual bags so that went the mood strikes, the ingredients are ready. Different types of fruit are mixed together in the bags, some according to the recipe book and some "Medley made" recipes.
St. Louis is a great city with lots to do. It was an enjoyable day. A few of the things that are fun to do might include going to the ball park, walking around downtown (make sure to check out the splash pad), and of course seeing the arch is a must.
check out my mom's post about trying new things
The Schwan's Man comes to our house every few weeks and when our mom buys stuff from the Schwans man, we really like it alot. We have lots of favorites - like the bagel dogs and the ice cream. We don't have to go to the grocery store for that long when we get stuff from the Schwans Man either, but we really like it when our mom lets us go out to the truck to help get the stuff because the Schwan's man can make it snow!
It's a treat to get to eat doughnut in the mornings for breakfast. We never get to go inside the doughnut store. We're always on our way somewhere else! When you get to go inside and see all the different kinds of doughnuts and oh that sweet smell is really good. It was hard to choose what kind of doughnut to get - round ones, long ones, dark ones and white ones. until I saw doughnut holes with chocolate and sprinkles on them. Our mom said we could get whatever we wanted - and I did! Boy they were good.
At Rise and Shine doughnuts, I really like the kolaches too... they are warm and have cheese and sausage in them. It was a great breakfast.
- Preston (6)
We all went to get our teeth cleaned a week ago after school was out, but I had to go back. I have cavities. I know. I need to brush more and better and all that stuff. But I had to go back today to get a filling and to get one of my baby teeth pulled. I was pretty nervous.
But in the waiting room at Kool Smiles, they have movies and computer games and even a slide and stuff for little kids. That helped me to forget about what was about to happen. I was hoping that they might forget about me too, but they didn't. When they called my name, my heart jumped into my throat.
When the dentist helper explained what was going to happen, she said that there would be some hot bubble gum stuff, then a misquito bite, some pressure with the pulling, and then it would all be over. Let me tell you though, it was no misquito bite - more like a spider bite! wow-ee That tooth looked so wierd and cool with all the roots attached. It was big and sort of spikey.
My mom says the tooth fairy doesn't pay must for teeth with cavities, but I guess we will see about that.
Plagued by that ago old question, Where to Go Eat after Church?, we landed on Lujans. Located at 101st and Slide Road, Lujan's serves a "Texican" Feast and will soon be open on Mondays too! On Modays they will be serving free margaritas all day long our waiter told us.
Even though they were busy and there were other people waiting, because there are so many of us, we got to go sit at the big round table right when we walked inside.
It's a fun, friendly place. It looked awesome. I really liked the statues and vases on the divider. The vase looked like a crocodile bit it or something - really cool.
We like the music too. Our baby brother kept dancing to it.
They ran out of colorsheet/kids menus, but they gave us some crayons and white paper so that we could draw our own pictures, but as soon as the chips and salsa arrived, we were sort of done coloring. Then we got some queso too - yummy!
After we ordered our food, it didn't take long at all for our food to come out. There wasn't a lot of time to wait.
There were so many choices on the kids menu, everything from chicken bits to tamales to choose from. It was great to choose from so many different things. We ordered an enchilada, a tamale, burrito and Addison just had rice and beans because that's her favorite.
The chips were warm and wonderful. We really liked the salsa, but the queso was our definite favorite. We always like the cheese sauce.
Preston loves tamales. "They were so yummy," he said. Our baby brother ate all of his beans and then all of our moms too! He really liked those beans.
The best part about the food was what came last - fried icream with carmel and chocolate. It came with 4 forks and we kept pasing it in a circle until it was all gone. We all said how much we loved tht ice cream. It was a big treat and really exciting to get to have it.
We saw the Kids Eat Free sign on the way in the door and it sort of made our parents want to come back for dinner too.
Prices range from about $3 for kids meals to about $15 for a steak meal.
Lujan's has been in Lubbock for 20 years and our waiter, Noel, has been at Lujans for 14 of those. He knows the menu by heart - that was cool when he told us eveything on the kids menu. He kept moving so fast and helping a lot of other people too. Other people helped us too by bring more chips, extra napkins, and that kind of thing.
Clayton loved the fried ice cream so much he said, "This place gets an A+ from me for sure! wow" and the other kids agreed too!
- Clayton (8), Preston (6), Addison (5) and Trenton (2)
After a great day with baseball awards, a few errands, birthday parties, a golf tournament, swimming at a friends house... the whole family went out to eat for dinner. We were looking for something fresh and low-key, since we looked like we'd had a full day playing - if you know what I mean. We agreed on McAlisters deli on 19th Street. - Mom
McAlisters looks really good. Their pictures and stuff were all over the walls, pictures of people and teams and food. Those were cool. I really like the ones of the famous singer.
When you come in, you order at the counter and then go sit down, hang your order number on the stand on the table. Then the guys bring the food out to you.
Seperating the tables are some curtains that my baby brother started playing peek-a-boo with the people on the otherside. That was a little embarrasing, but the other people were like college kids and they were laughing with him.
We just talked to each other and watch the baby tease the college kids. There wasn't much else to do while we waited on the food come come.
The kids menu has a bunch of choices, like sandwhiches, mac and cheese, and even nachos, but the menu was hanging from the celing behind the counter and it was kind of hard to see because we're pretty short. The tables had paper menus on them all, but we didn't see those until we ordered and went to sit down.
The kids items all came with a small package of Teddy Grahams and the mac and cheese come with a side item too. "The pita pizza was really good with lots of cheese and sauce," Preston said. Even though it was different from the pizza I'm used to, it was awesome. "The cheese sauce on the nachos were hot and cheesy, said Clayton. It even had some good tomatoes in it. Addison and Trenton ordered Mac and Cheese and cleaned their plates.
The sweet tea was voted the best part by all of us... it was so good!
Mom and Dad said the price was right. It only costs .99 for a kids meal when you dine-in. Our whole family ate for about $20.
When we got to the resturant around 7pm, there weren't many people there, but after they brought our food it started to get busy. The waiter forgot to bring my brother a fork and we had to go take out cups and ask for refills. The waiter did come back over and appolgize for forgetting the fork, which was cool.
We actually forgot to order food for my little brother and when the waiter brought the food to the table, we asked him if he could help us. It was awesome because he said sure, took our money at the table, and brought the food right back. Our baby brother was happy about that. So were we!
We would really like to go back. Great sweet tea and a helpful waiter, plus awesome food... it's a keeper!
- reviewed and posted by Addison (5), Preston (6), and Clayton (8)
typed by Mom
Mid way into the kids first full week off school for the summer, we met at Beef O'Brady's after work. While we were there, we decided that this would be the start of our adventure sharing. So we talked about what we saw and how we felt about it. We made a plan for what we would say and how we would say it, thinking about what you might like to know about the places we visit around Lubbock.
Since there are 6 of us, we thought we'd look at 6 different aspects of restaurants and experiences in and around Lubbock. Here it goes:
Located on the north side of Lubbock in a strip mall off of 4th and Loop 289, Preston says, "it's hooked up with a lot of other stores so that we can get a bunch of stuff done or stop to eat when we are running errands."
On the inside it's sports themed and according to Clayton, "the posters on the wall are cool, especially the ones of local kids and teams." With about 5 TV's any where you look, it's a pretty cool place to go. We arrived at about 5:30pm and there was only one other table occupied, but by the time we left there were quite a few tables full of families.
"You can tell that they like kids here," noticed Addison, "because they have color sheets and crayons. The color sheets were full of activities like a word search, a word scramble and counting games. The pictures and stuff were about school being out, which was neat because we are out of school now.
In addtion to the multiple TV's mounted from the celing, there is also a small game room with a racing game, a shooting game and two prize games for entertainment. There
were plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied until the meal arrived.
The menu choices are varied from fish and chips to salads, burgers and wraps. The guys shared an appetizer combo and an order of chicken wings. My mother and I both chose to try a salad, a southwestern and a shrimp salad.
The kids menu is on the back of the main menu as pictured below, with more choices than most family oriented resturants. Addison choose to have the macaroni and cheese and each kids meal comes with a side dish choice and a cookie. Choices of sides are anything from a fruit cup or broccoli to cole slaw or curly fries.
The food arrived shortly and was seasoned and flavorful. The salads were fresh and the pieces of vegetables and chicken were bite sized, which was nice, those salads at some other places with huge awkward pieces are just, well - awkward. There were 3 dressing choices with my salad and 2 skewers full of shrimp with my mothers.
Addison ate every bite of her kids meal. The boys even tried the broccoli, the side choice with the chicken wings, with some Ranch dressing. "I really didn't want to try it," said Clayton, "but once I did it wasn't that bad." All of the food - even the broccoli - was quite tasty.
The price for the meals are quite reasonable for the amount and quality of food, about $5-10 per meal.
We chose to eat at Beef O'Bradys tonight because we purchased a Groupon for 50% off our ticket. When you cash in Groupon deals it feels like you are really saving some big money, even though you've already paid a portion of the bill. When the tab comes and you only owe $10 or so, it's a great feeling! And my kitchen is still clean too -
They have a punch card for lunch - buy 6, get the 7th free.
The wait staff was friendly, but not overly attentive. The food did not arrive all at once to the table. After asking for some appetizer plates, I had to get up and go ask again. They were helpful is splitting checks and helping with using the Groupon.
We appreciate when restaurant managers come by to check on the tables, to make sure that everything is going well. Even more than that, we appreciate when managers and owners are active in giving back to the community. Beef O'Bradys is pleased to partner with organizations around the South Plains by providing cards that when presented while paying out offers 10% of the check back to the organization.
Overall the kids give Beef O'Bradys an A for the Tv's and games, plus the good, fun food for kids
After watching the first episode of Nickelodean iCarly, where the main character decides to do a web show, my kids decided that they would like to do a "show". Choosing to share our experiences with others, sounded like a really fun idea.